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Durham School Services in Spokane is proud to announce that technician Joseph Marek has earned his master technician certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). ASE is an independent, non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying repair and service professionals. Durham provides student transportation services for Spokane Public Schools, Nine Mile Falls School District and St. George’s School.

“Joe showcases our commitment to safety and excellence every day through his work,” said John Pike, general manager of Durham’s Spokane facility. “As industry leaders, we are dedicated to putting the safest vehicles on the road.  When it comes to maintaining our buses and ensuring passenger safety we go above and beyond state and federal requirements.  We are proud to have Joe join our other two Spokane master technicians in leading our effort to ensure excellence in our maintenance operations.”

Durham School Services is a leader in student transportation. Marek is among 19 Durham employees who hold master technician status. Currently, there are only 1,483 master school bus technicians in the United States. To become a certified ASE master technician requires months of studying and passing six main parts to the test. To remain certified the technicians must take and pass a recertification test every five years.

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Durham School Services, Stock Transportation and Petermann Bus make up National Express Corporation (NEC), headquartered in Warrenville, Ill. As a leader in student transportation, NEC is committed to exceptional safety, outstanding customer service and positive employee relations. Durham and Petermann (United States) and Stock (Canada) operate more than 20,000 buses and serve 450 school districts in 32 states and four provinces. Our success rests with our dedicated employees who live our mission: “Getting kids to school safely, on time and ready to learn.” For more information, visit